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President Zelenskyy Announces Ukraine Peace Summit in Switzerland for June 15-16

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy announced on May 2nd that Ukraine’s highly anticipated peace summit in Switzerland is scheduled for June 15-16.

The summit, the details of which were first reported by the Swiss news agency Swissinfo on April 10th, will be hosted at Burgenstock resort in central Switzerland, with 160 national delegations taking part.

The Swiss government clarified that Russia would not be invited “at this stage” of the talks.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba justified this decision: “Our approach comes from reality, and from the experience that we (have) gained… Between 2014 and 2022, we had almost 200 rounds of talks with Russia in different formats, with mediators and bilaterally. But nothing worked. It ended up in the large-scale invasion (of 2022),” he stressed.

While Switzerland has stated the importance of Russian presence “sooner or later,” Russian authorities declared they would not participate, even if formally invited.

President Zelenskyy underscored the summit’s purpose as a dialogue platform to achieve a comprehensive, just, and lasting peace for Ukraine, in accordance with international law.

The event’s foundational principles, derived from a series of international meetings, are centered around Ukraine’s 10-point peace formula.

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